Happy Friday dear readers and if you are a Mom- happy Mother’s Day to you! I hope you enjoy your special day and will have a no-cleaning Sunday! If you are a busy Mom like me, you may be half way through your spring cleaning and despair that you have so much more to do. Never fear- Linda is here!

Welcome to my Weekly Chore Prompt:

While talking with a friend over lunch recently, she remarked that she wished she had a guide to help her keep on top of both the big and the little chores she should do every week; beyond making the bed, or sweeping the floor. That gave me the wonderful idea to share a weekly chore with you here. These won’t be anything fancy, no need to print -just a quick post sharing what area of my home I’m focusing on that week. Hopefully we can get and keep our home sparkly clean and clutter free together!

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Before we dive into our chore prompts on Monday, let’s first talk about one of the cheapest, safest and easiest cleaners you probably have in your home right now- baking soda! You may have read my tip on keeping your garbage disposal clean and odor free here, so believe me when I say, this stuff works!

Arm & Hammer baking soda has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. My Mom swore by it in the laundry room and used it to refresh our shoes. And now, I’m passing down the cleaning tradition to my daughters.  I love this new shaker bottle that has an easy open and close top! It’s so much easier to hold on to and work with, especially if you have wet hands. 

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Arm & Hammer has been a trusted household name for 165 years for good reason. Their baking soda is relied upon in many a cook’s kitchen, but it is also an excellent, economical cleaning product.

Baking Soda Cleaning Tips:

baking soda cleaning tips

Tubs and counters:  Sprinkle baking soda lightly on a clean damp sponge and scrub as usual. Rinse and wipe dry. Your counters and tubs will sparkle.

Deodorize drains: If you ever noticed a less than pleasant scent coming from your sink or tub, it’s time to rinse that stink right back down the drain by pouring or shaking about a ½ cup of baking soda down the drain while running warm water from the tap.  

*Money saving tip*: Use the old box of Arm & Hammer Fridge n Freezer baking soda in to clean your drains instead of just tossing the box.  

Sneakers: There is nothing worse than the smell of sweaty sneakers, water shoes and flip flops. Around here, I call them swamp foot and I banish it by pouring a hefty tablespoon on the soles of the smelly shoes and tapping it down to the toes. Allow to sit over- night. 
For flip flop funk- take them outside if possible and cover the entire sole with a thin layer of baking soda, paying special attention to the toe grip area where sweat collects.

Musty towels: Whether it’s from your kids leaving their wet bath towels on the floor or a bunch of pool towels left sitting to long, musty towels happen. Get them clothesline fresh again by adding a ½ cup of baking soda to the rinse cycle and dry as usual; preferably on a clothesline to help save money and reduce your carbon footprint. You can read more about this on my Earth Day post

Closets: Closets can collect cooking odors and leave a stale scent on your clothes. The remedy? Place an open box of Arm & Hammer baking soda up on a shelf and replace every 30 days.

Sports Gear: Things tend to get as smelly around sports gear as they do around shoes. For fishing and camping gear, mix 4 tablespoons baking soda in 1 quart warm water, wash and rinse. Allow to air dry.

Sprinkle baking soda in all those sports bags too! Gym, cheer, baseball, golf- no bag in immune to smells, so sprinkle baking soda in the empty bag and allow to sit over-night. Dump out and re-pack your fresh bag.

Cat litter box: To keep your cat’s box smelling fresh between litter changes, sprinkle a liberal amount of baking soda on top of litter and mix in.

Pet Bed: Sprinkle baking soda on your pet’s beds and allow to sit for 15-20 minutes, vacuum clean for an instant refresh.

Pet Toys: You don’t want your fur babies to chew on harsh chemicals, so switch to baking soda to keep their toys in tip top shape. Add 4 tablespoons baking soda to 1 quart water, gently swish baking soda in water to dissolve completely, then soak chew toys for 15 minutes, rinse and air dry. For furry toys, a sprinkle of baking soda that’s allowed to sit for 15 minutes then brushed off will do the trick. 

I hope you’ve found these #BakingSodaTips helpful. I’d like to thank Arm & Hammer and Smiley 360 for sending me a complimentary bottle of baking soda to help me get my home sparkly clean.

Be sure to stop by on Monday to get your weekly chore prompt!

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